Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours
|1 ||In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning|
|2 ||Mood Indigo|
|3 ||Glad To Be Unhappy|
|4 ||I Get Along Without You Very Well|
|5 ||Deep In A Dream|
|6 ||I See Your Face Before Me|
|7 ||Can't We Be Friends?|
|8 ||When Your Lover Has Gone|
|9 ||What Is This Thing Called Love?|
|10 ||Last Night When We Were Young - (bonus track)|
|11 ||I'll Be Around|
|12 ||Ill Wind|
|13 ||It Never Entered My Mind|
|14 ||Dancing On The Ceiling|
|15 ||I'll Never Be The Same|
|16 ||This Love Of Mine|
|Originally issued on CD without the song "Last Night When We Were Young."|
Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (arranger).
Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
Digitally remastered by Larry Walsh (Capitol Recording Studios).
in 1955, this superbly arranged and sung set of slow ballads can lay
claim to being the world's first "concept album." Of course, in
classical music, song cycles had been around since Schubert, but a
whole set of pop tunes arranged around a central theme or mood was
something new in popular music. With the advent of the LP in 1953,
commercial pop music was beginning to take itself seriously. As to be
expected, Frank Sinatra did it first and best.
Sinatra is in utter
command of this material--vocally relaxed yet focused on conveying what
these hand-picked "torch" songs still have to say to the modern
listener. Throughout he projects his signature manly vulnerability
without seeming maudlin or even sentimental. The singer is helped
immeasurably in this task by Nelson Riddle's deftly scored chamber
arrangements which include brilliant use of celeste and guitar on
several tracks (cf. Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around", Kay Swift's "Can't
We Be Friends".) A must for any listener even remotely interested in
the Great American Songbook.